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Mark “Oaktree” Brown decisions Brunelli, Jameel Wilson & Richie Stewart fight a war, Raymond “Tito” Serrano makes his pro debut at the Wachovia Spectrum 10-19-07

photos by Mike “Teek” McGuigan

The fights returned the The Wachovia Spectrum as Power Productions collaborated with Damon Feldman for a 6 fight card in the South Philly landmark. The primary attraction was a showdown between two local heavyweights and Mark “Oaktree” Brown and Dave Brunelli squared off over 6 rounds of action.

In the main event, Light Heavy’s Richard Stewart and Jameel “Black Gold” Wilson went to war over 8 rounds of back and forth slugging. There were a few more heavyweights on the bill as undefeated Gurchuran Singh from India took on “Millionaire” Mike Miller in a 6 rounder and Grant Cudjoe of Brooklyn went in against upstate PA’s Jason Bergman.

In Welterweight Action, Raymond “Tito” Serrano was making his pro debut against Tierre King. Dan “Bada Bing” Biddle opened the show and looked to make it two in a row as a professional.

Heavyweight Division

Mark “Oaktree” Brown….vs….Dave Brunelli
New Jersey……………………………………Philly
9-1…………………………………………………..8-2

It was a battle of two tough local heavyweights which was surrounded by a lot of hoopla and media attention. Once it got into the ring, it wasn’t the greatest of fights but nothing competes with two locals fighting each other.

Overall, this one went at steady paced fight where both fighters had some good moments though neither was seriously hurt at any point.

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The opening round started as expected with Oaktree coming out aggressive and looking to work inside while Brunelli looked to fend him off with his jab. In the final minute, the action picked up as Oaktree was able to land a couple of good lefts while Brunelli finished the round landing two straight rights which wrapped up a close round. The bell sounded but that didn’t stop these guys as they kept at it until the ref broke the fighters up.

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The pace kept up in the second round with Oaktree starting it off with a right hook to the body followed by a head collision backed Brunelli into the ropes. Oaktree followed up with a good flurry to the body. The fight ended back in the center of the ring with Brunelli working his jab and trying to side step his incoming opponent. The fight stayed on the inside for the remainder of the round with Oaktree finishing up with a looping right hook.

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After a slow third round that saw a lot of holding, Brunelli bounced back in the 4th with his best work of the night. He started the round landing three straight punches upstairs followed by some good body work. Oaktree began to get wild with his hooks which didn’t land. As the round ended, Brunelli finished with two more straight rights to the head of Oaktree.

It was steady pace to begin the 5th where Oaktree began to land his jab in the early going. After some more holding and wrestling around, the round neared an end with Brunelli scoring first with a short right but Oaktree fired back with 2 short lefts. Both men kept on punching and the crowd rose to its feet in approval as the bell sounded.

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It was a rough sixth and final round with both men coming out fighting like it was all on the line. Both looked for the home run blow which caused a lot of tie up’s. Oaktree did more on the inside during these tie ups which was probably the difference in the round.

The fight went to the cards and they read 60 – 54 & 59 – 55 x 2 in favor of Mark “Oaktree” Brown.

With the win, Mark Brown improves to 10 – 1.

Light Heavyweight Division

Richard Stewart…vs…Jameel Wilson
Delaware………………………Philly
14-4………………………………..13-11

Most of the fans hit the exit after the Oaktree – Brunelli fight and man, did they miss a war. For 8 non stop rounds, Richard Stewart and late substitute Jameel “Black Gold” Wilson hammered each other with hard shots to the body and head.

Both men had moments of excellent action. Wilson took Stewart’s best and would fire back with two, three and four punch combo’s to Stewart’s face.

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There were times where Stewart looked like he was ready to go but he sucked it up and came back stronger. The same can be said for Wilson who was rocked more than once but instead of going down, he regrouped and fired back with everything he had.

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The fight went to the cards and they read 76 – 75 Stewart, 77 – 75 Wilson and even at 76 – 76 for the draw. A rematch is a must!

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On the undercard….

India based heavyweight Gurchuran Singh won an uninspired decision over “Millionaire” Mike Miller of Ohio. Singh won on sheer volume.

Miller was his usual slick self, bobbing and waving, catching right hands and counter punching. In the rare occasions when he took the fight to Singh, he got the better of the action.

While Singh still has room to improve, promoters drool over the millions of potential new fans that be brings to the table.

The fight went to the cards and somehow they saw it 59 – 55 & 58 – 56 x 2 for Singh.

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In another Heavyweight bout, Brooklyn resident Grant Cudjoe (14-3) got a tough nights work but grinded out a hard-earned decision victory over a solid Jason Bergman of Pittsburgh. Both fighters threw some heavy bombs in this one, though Bergman (5-4-1) landed less, his did more damage as the southpaw stunned Cudjoe more than once with a big left.

Cudjoe, who was originally born in Grenada, was at his best when he got his man into the corner where he would unload a barrage of rights and lefts. Cudjoe seems like a bull in that ring and if he catches you right, it could be lights out.

The fight went to the cards and they read 59 – 55 & 58 – 56 in favor of Cudjoe with the third judge seeing it even at 57 – 57 giving Grant Cudjoe the majority decision.

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In an early bout – 18-year-old former local amateur sensation Raymond “Tito” Serrano made the most of his pro debut by slugging new comer Tiere King out of there midway through the first round with a left hook to the body.

The kid from North Philly will likely be brought along slowly but many “in-the-know” feel he can develop into a world class Welterweight down the road.

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In the opener, Dan “Bada Bing” Biddle scored a  first round KO that was too fast for our cameras to capture.

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56 thoughts on “Mark “Oaktree” Brown decisions Brunelli, Jameel Wilson & Richie Stewart fight a war, Raymond “Tito” Serrano makes his pro debut at the Wachovia Spectrum 10-19-07”

  1. To brunellis manger i perdiked brown to win if there is a rematch oaktree will will agian i dont no what ur thinkin you should try to get him some w’s befor fightin agian. you said the same thing about levon warrner rember brunelli needs alot of work and a new trainer. warrner vs brunelli at the blue

  2. Chuck Mussachio is probably the best lightheavy in the area. Its a shame him and Max won’t fight because their friends. P.S.- Cavallo is a bum.

  3. BRUNELLI LOST BECAUSE OF NOT JABINGAT ALL… BRUNELLI AND BROWN SHOULD RUN THIS BACK FOR THE STATE TITLE IN 8 OR 10 ROUND’S.THEY ARE 1-1. LET’S SETTLE IT FOR THE TITLE..GOOD FIGHT GUY’S

  4. keith not fuckin with your site anymore fuck you and tony gaazo its prb you anyway. you should post all comments and stop being bitch. get brunelli dick out of your ass. gee

  5. Oaktree won the fight thats final! Even though he held alot and just throw wild punches that didn’t connect i guess he was still the more active! the fight of the night goes to the last fight Stewart fought his ass off to come back and get a decision – overall i think the card sucked it was a bad card! What was with all the Ohio fighters coming to Philly they sucked! We need more philly fighters – fighting philly fighters! Brunelli i love ya man but i think it is time for MMA! You used to wrestle in highschool and i think you are done in boxing! You cant win if you don’t throw! And i dont mean just jabs!!!! Good luck to you man!

  6. Philly’s Finest????HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAcan’t breatheHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAI’m gonna piss myselfHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA………….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH……..AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. 1. reed dollazzzzzzz raps like he has a handfull of marbles in his mouth and his breath controll is on par with darth vader….2. i would have liked to seen oaktree try to fight. just like the abell fight it was the same thing…..wild punches that didnt land immediately followed by clinching and grabbing and using his cement head as his 3rd glove…….

  8. I want to touch on what a guy a few comments ago said…. why isn’t Gabriel Rosado on every Power Productions card? He is never in a bad fight win or lose. I will go out on a limb and say he might be the most entertaining fighter to watch because his fights are almost always wars. People put too much value in a record, give me a guy who comes to fight any night of the week.

  9. Why in the fuck are these guys fighting on the same night as Mosley vs. Cotto? I hope this promoter plans to take a serious financial bath at the gate because no one is showing up for this fight.

  10. id rather pay to see 2 fighters beat the shit out of each other like steawrt and wilson did than see 2 guys who are technical, defensive and boring. when is the rematch?????i dont see anyone making excuses for the brunelli loss either. i think you people are just trying to start up some shit. this board cracks me up and i loe how everyone gets a chance to talk but dont go makin shit up. that shows no class.next power productions armory show: oaktree vs grant cudjoebrunelli vs the 18-0 indian

  11. To Tony the dope gazzzo.. TAKE BOCREC AND STICK IT UP YOUR ASS> HERE IS FOR PHILLY FIGHTERS THAT HAVE SHIT ASS RANKINS AND ALL THEESE FIGHTERS WOULD KNOCK BRUNNELLI OUT!MAURICE WHEELER RANKED 365.10&10 JOHN POORE RANKED 216.19&2TRAVIS KAIFFAM RANKED 191.10&0GERARD NOBLES RANKED 172.26&1 BRUNNELLI WILL BE 10&22 WHEN HE DECIDES TO HANG IT UP! YOU N-EAST GUYS ARE A BUNCH OF STIFFS.

  12. dammmmmmmmmm did you see brunelli face after the fight….KEEP WORKING ON THAT JAB OAKTREE ITS WORKING.. I WISH PHILLY COULD HAVE MORE FIGHTERS LIKE BRUNELLI AND BROWN GOOD LUCK TO BOTH

  13. Let me comment on the poor trainers. FUCK YOU!!!!!! If you have watched Dave from the beginning then you would know that he has gotten better with experience. Put your name on there you fuckin coward! Only bitches talk shit, and don’t have the balls to show their face. Sure, Dave could have done much better, but sometimes things don’t go the way you want it to. It was an entertaining fight. I think people can at least appreciate the time and effort that both fighters put into the preparation for this fight. They were still going strong in round 6. As far as whoever wants to take a personal shot at me, opinions are like assholes, everyone’s got one, and most of them stink.Chris – Brunelli’s Trainer

  14. ha.ha that is funny. frist let me start of by saying that it was a good fight by both. mark won the fight, BUT LET’S NOT TALK SHIT ABOUT BRUNELLI, THERE WAS NO MARK’S ON BRUNELLI FACE AFTER THE FIGHT. DAVE WENT TO WORK AFTER THE FIGHT. WE KNOW WHAT HE DID WRONG,AND IT WON’T HAPPEND AGAIN.REMATCH? THEY DON’T WANT THAT. GOOD LUCK TEAM OAK TREE. JUST LIKE KEITH SAID” MORE PEOPLE IN PHILLY NEED TO STEP UP LIKE MARK AND DAVE”P.S.TEAM BRUNELLI WILL BE BACK SOON. THANK YOU ALL FOR THE SUPPORT.MIKE MURPHY(MANAGER OF TEAM BRUNELLI)

  15. Superstar is coming back strong? With 2 loses? Are you feeling OK? “SuperStar” 6-7-3???? What is wrong with this guy? Hey Ray, reality check, you blow, and you couldn’t beat any of the fighters mentioned in your post.

  16. Not sure how true this is? Did one of the fighters from Friday get arrested after his fight, while other fights were going on? I heard that he was beating on his girlfriend in the back room and got taken to the police after threatening the security guard! Philly Keith did you hear anything like this!!!!!

  17. PK & TKO Teek, i remember when you were two scrubs were slipping into shows at the Lagoon & Diablo. Look at you now haha, by far the best in the city. Keep it going, i love the work. Philly needed this.

  18. There is always one asshole in the bunch. How would you like if i called your boss to tell him I think you suck? Sometimes a fighter had a bad night plaine and simple. I think it is really a matter of how Brunelli bounces back. Yo Keith is Oaktre fighting on November 2?

  19. So if i still fight Chuck Mussachio and beat him i guess than i would be the best light heavy in the area!!!~~~~ Superstar~~~~

  20. Saturday November 10th,2007Oceanfront ArenaWildwood Convention CenterChuck “The Professor” Mussachio10-0-0 (5 KO’s) VSRey “Superstar” Ruiz6-6-3 (4 KO’s) Come watch and cheer on one of Philly’s Finest as he again takes his skills out on the road against an undefeated hometown hero- in hopes not to get robbed like he did in Baltimore against their hometown hero!!!

  21. Hey I just want to say thankyou to the person who left the last comment.. I guess you where one of are first readers and you stuck with us… thanks alot man , we donate alot of are time to keep things real for the fans of philly and world wide… Keith your the man thanks for letting me team up with the BEST writer in philly!!!!

  22. Only in the eyes of whoever thinks he is the best Lt Heavy right now. Let’s just say it would be a huge win for you. Just go out there like you’re fightin’ a world champ, and put it all on the line. Greg Sirb is pretty tough on older fighters, and if you keep losing he might pull your license. Good Luck!!

  23. GREAT FIGHT OAKTREE YOUR FANS AND YOUR ENTRENCE WITH REED DOLLAZ WAS HOT AS HELL THE CROWD WAS GOING NUTS. I SEE YOUR WORK SHOMO YOU DID YOUR NUMBERS LITTLE ERIC WITHERSPOON JR. LOL YO KEITH THE SREART BOYS STINK AND THAT 18-0 HEAVY WEIGHT RELLY STINKS.

  24. a chance This Ray Ruiz guy that everyone is talking about i had a chance on Friday to talk with him – that is one cool Son of a Bitch! Yo i cant believ he is 40 years-old he looks great and in great shape! I heard he got ripped off in Baltimore and is looking to fight that guy Jameel Wilson – my money is on Ruiz!The only thing that Jameel has is an entourage and a really good entrance! Props to that! Everyone talks about Ruiz’s record but it might actually be better than Wilson’s!

  25. TO TEAM BRUNELLI PLEASE TEACH YOUR FIGHTER HOW TO FIGHT BACKING UP AND PLEASE GET BETTER SPARRING DAVE WAS NOT READY FOR THAT FIGHT AT ALL. OAKTREE IS NO GIFT BUT YOU GUYS SHOULD HAVE NOT TAKIN THAT FIGHT.. GOOD LUCK TO TEAM BRUNELLI THE NORTH EAST LOVES YOU GUYS!!!!

  26. This is that guy from a few moments ago – What i said was that Power Productions always has the same people on his card – and i mentioned Gabriel Rosado but i said i like him though! He is an entertaining fighter and is gaining alot of respect! I totally agree with you though how right away people look at their record and think someone is not good! Everyone comes on here talking about this guy Ray Ruiz and i have seen the guy fight that Reule Williams you have to give this guy credit he fought a tough opponent with his first fight in 4 years! As for the rest of his record those fights could have been Battles that the judges just found in favor of the other guy! It happens that is boxing! I would take Ruiz he is 40 they say but he has heart! Look at Jameel Wilson and Joe Christy they are exciting fighters but their records arent good! I would pay to see these guys who have heart and want to fight then someone who is undefeated fighting bums!

  27. YO TEEK WHY DID YOU NOT TAKE A PICTURE OF THE BEST ANNOUNCER AROUND—-HE HELPS MAKE THE NIGHT WITH THE FIGHTERS —ALWAYS ENTERTAINING—-THANX—BRING PAT BACK INTO THE PICTURE–HE DESEVES IT !!P.S. YOU GUYS R THE BEST—THANX

  28. Beat it Team Brunelli! Don’t even think about makin excuses and yelling for a rematch. Face it, YOU LOST! You can’t live off that Lyons win forever….

  29. let an 8 way eliminator to see who the best light heavy in town isDhafir SmithRichard StewartChucky MussacioMax AlexanderChucky CavalloJameel WilsonReuele WilliamsDa Superstar Ruiz

  30. Come on Man!!! Do you really think that people want to see Oaktree hitting and holding onto an out of shape Cudjoe. I personally think Cudjoe lost this Friday but they somehow gave it too him! And that Indian fighter SUCKS — he F’N SUCKS! If that fight card is true than leave it to Power productions! Greg Robinson needs to get some new fighters! It is the same people every card: brunelli, tyric robinson, gabriel rosado(who i like), big poppa, khalil farrah, and now tony farante! Come on greg were tired of seeing the same fighters fighting nobody’s! We want the brunelli vs oaktree fight to set an example — top fighters fighting top fighters – make it happen! Do you fucking job – give the people their money’s worth! Show everyone what Philly Boxing is all about!

  31. BRUNELLI LOST BECAUSE OF NOT JABING. LOL BRUNELLI LOST BECAUSE HE HAS NO HART YOU SALL IT IN HIS FACE. TEAM BRUNELLI FACE THE FACTS HE IS JUST A OPPONENT NOW. KEIVEN HOOD VS BRUNELLI WOOD BE A GOOD FIGHT. BATTLE OF THE TOMATO CANS. RUIZ

  32. anybody who has followed dave or even has access to the web (boxrec.com) knows brunelli has bounced back just fine after his previous 2 losses….

  33. This is Ray Ruiz and i think that whoever said that last fight was good is dead wrong! Man both of those guuys would get killed against me! Jameel Wilson has no power and Stewart has no defense yo i would kill them boyz! I would knock out Wilson and hit Stewart with uppercuts all night long – like i did to Tony Farante – haha where were you at on Friday i was looking for you boy! HAHA! As for Willie Williams you know you lost bring that fight to Philly and it would have been a different outcome! Send some emails – you too Murphy (you to Murphy – tough loss brother)! Superstar is coming back strong!

  34. Ray “Superstar” Ruiz SAYS….First off I would like to thank Philly Keith for his support in the Baltimore matter and to everyone out there that emailed the Baltimore Boxing People in support of me! That’s what’s up! Well they responded they said that they are not going to overturn the decision but they decided to give me a rematch but again it will be in Baltimore! Only this time it will be alot more money and they are putting me up in a suite and all expenses will be paid for! I know it isn’t exactly what I wanted but this guy Williams knows that I beat him so I guess this time I have too put a real hurting on him! As for my fight with that guy Chuck whatever from Wildwood I still want to fight him too it is just a matter of money right now! Thanks again to everyone that writes about me for just keeping my name out there and to Philly Keith you are the man! Brunelli don’t stop now man you had an off night just bounce back and go at them 10 times harder now man! Chris your crazy boy! HAHA! Go get’em! Superstar!!!!!

  35. Oaktree is learning on the Job everyday he is getting better. He knows and the fans know this. Oaktree has the heart and the work ethic that will pay off down the road. This game is funny, once it comes to heavyweights who knows a couple more bums like Brunelli Oaktree will get a shot at a nice pay day.

  36. Ok i need to step in for a minute. First, to the guy specifically replying to Tony Gazzo’s comments, leave a name. He put one up since day 1. Overall it is time to move forward. Two fighters with good records put it on the line, that deserves credit. Both sides showed they have solid teams around them who support their fighter. Thats a really good thing. Here is the PK Prediction…Oaktree beats up on bums and gets to 15 – 1 by spring 2008.After that he steps up for a rela test.Brunelli gets brought in as an “opponent” for some over rated undefeated guy and Brunelli pulls the upset. Maybe that indian guy who fought at the spectrum. But the real question is….Do either beat Big John Poore if that fight ever happened? Let me know what you think.

  37. I’m just taking a minute to thank both sides for making themselves available for all that good pre fight coverage and putting on a good fight. Hopefully more teams with good records get together and carry it like pro’s just as you guys did.PS- You rocked the crowd again Pat!

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